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The festive season is not so festive for everyone
Ms Adams urges children and young people to keep relying on Kids Helpline as they deal with the consequences of changes to their life and routines.
“No child or young person should feel they are alone. They can connect to a counsellor via phone, email and web counselling with no issue too big or small. There is no shame in seeking help from our free service,” she said.
According to yourtown CEO Tracy Adams, since COVID-19 hit earlier this year, increased government funding has enabled Kids Helpline to employ over 70 additional counsellors to cope with demand, with more to commence in early 2021. Children and young people need to be aware that Kids Helpline is ready and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including Christmas Day.
“Kids Helpline plays an important role as a safety net to support young people. This year the intensity of support required by young people contacting us for counselling has certainly increased,” Ms Adams said.
yourtown is a charity which delivers Kids Helpline, Australia’s only national 24/7 counselling and support service specifically for children and young people aged 5 to 25 years. Free call 1800 55 1800 or visit www.kidshelpline.com.au
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